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Raleigh Leaders Hope to Bond with Voters on Upcoming Referenda

Posted October 2, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— When Raleigh voters go the polls November 7, they will face a lengthy, possibly confusing ballot. City leaders are stepping up efforts to make Raleigh's bond measures stick out.

A crowd gathered downtown in Nash Square Tuesday morning to hear past and present city leaders speak in support of $75 million in bonds, which would improve the city's roads, parks and housing.

Leaders are concerned that Raleigh's bond measures will be lost in a lengthy list of state and county bond issues on the ballot. In addition to Raleigh's bonds, voters will also make decisions on these measures:

  • All North Carolina residents will vote on$3 billion in bondsto improve facilities throughout the University of North Carolina system.
  • Wake County residents will decide onthree bonds: $500 million for schools, $20 million for jail renovations and expansion and $15 million for preservation of open spaces.

    Mayor Paul Coble spoke to the crowd, insisting the bond measure will not raise taxes.